Denver-CAMP delivers an enriching summer camp experience at no cost to approximately 250 Denver Public Schools students in grades 3-8, whose families cannot afford the price of ordinary summer camps. Many of our participants are experiencing homelessness. Denver-CAMP provides them a safe environment to learn, laugh, explore and have fun.
Denver-CAMP keeps students engaged in fun, challenging activities including academics, technology, physical fitness, life skills and arts. Our students increase their learning skills, personal confidence, leadership abilities, and cultural awareness. Studies show that structured learning activities during the summer can boost test scores and benefit students socially and emotionally. Without activities to keep their young minds stimulated, children from low-income families fall behind an average of two months in their learning during the summer months.
To bring this CAMP to life, the Denver Public Schools have partnered with the Denver Quality After-School Connection (DQUAC. The collaborative nature of this camp is truly extraordinary. It enables a huge range of program providers to deliver services at no cost to an under-served population of students without over extending their limited resources. Three other communities within Colorado have adopted this ground-breaking model, with full support and technical assistance from our Denver-CAMP team.
Denver-CAMP will take place at Noel Middle School in Northeast Denver and Smedley Elementary* in Northwest Denver. Denver-CAMP has served these two distinct communities for the past four years. CAMP locations are chosen to reach a large population of students who are of low income status, and are struggling academically, in areas where existing programs cannot meet the needs of every child